Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar By 640,000 To Record 93.6 Million; Participation Rate Drops To 1977 Levels ~ ZeroHedge


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The devastation of the US labor force continues.

In what was an “unambiguously” unpleasant June jobs payrolls report, with both April and May jobs revised lower, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force soared once again, this time by a whopping 640,000 or the most since April 2014 to a record 93.6 million, with the result being a participation rate of 62.6 or where itt was in September 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called “market” which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus – the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.

 

End result: with the civilian employment to population ratio dropping from last month to 59.3%, one can easily on the chart below why there will be no broad wage growth any time soon, which will merely allow the Fed to engage in its failed policies for a long, long time.

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German Deja Vu: Merkel Summons US Ambassador Over New Spying Claims


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It would appear the most transparent administration ever is in trouble with an ‘ally’ once again. Following its wrist-slap from France last week, and its previous quasi-admission of spying on Merkel and her senior officials (which we are sure President Obama said would never happen again – better to ask for forgiveness than permission?), The Guardian reports Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has asked the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged US spying on Germany.

Reports two years ago that the chancellor’s mobile phone was monitored by the NSA caused diplomatic friction between Berlin and Washington, prompting Barack Obama to pledge that he would not allow America’s massive communications surveillance capability to damage relations with close allies.

It appears, he lied… (as The Guardian reports)

Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has asked the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged US spying on Germany.

A German official said Peter Altmaier had invited John Emerson to the chancellery on Thursday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Wednesday WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers that it claimed showed that the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Merkel.

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-02/german-deja-vu-merkel-summons-us-ambassador-over-new-spying-claims

Global Debt Overload, Phony Jobs=Phony Recovery, Droughts and Floods


Greece is going through a referendum, and they are taking a que from the Clash song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Meaning, should Greece stay or leave the European Union? I say it is not going to make much difference. The Greeks, as everybody else in the world, have been living beyond their means. There are going to be big cuts to everything no matter what.

More phony jobs numbers were produced by the government this week in the ongoing so-called recovery story. The MSM always focuses on the jobs created but fails to tell you they are part- time jobs or more than 400,000 just left the work force.

From coast to coast, there is either too much water or not nearly enough. Let’s start in California. It is ground zero in the western drought. All of California is in some sort of drought. Most of California has never seen a drought this bad. This is a state of 38 million people, and about four months ago, NASA estimated that California had about a year’s worth of water left–8 months and counting, folks. Here in the Midwest, there is too much water, way too much water. Missouri and other states had record breaking rainfall amounts.

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Simon Black – JP Morgan private banker: “We can’t make money anymore…”


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July 1, 2015
Singapore

Yesterday over coffee, a friend of mine leaked the news that JP Morgan’s private banking division here in Singapore is going to start charging negative interest rates.

I almost fell out of my chair.

He’s a successful hedge fund manager and one of their best customers. So when he received the notice, he rang up his private banker and demanded to know why.

Between ridiculously low interest rates (banks are closing loans here for 0.9% or lower) and the increasing costs of compliance, “we can’t make money anymore…” was the response.

It certainly paints a clear picture of how screwed up the entire financial system is.

Compliance is a major component in this. Bankers around the world are buried up to their eyeballs in paperwork and regulations now.

They can’t make a move or approve a single transaction without first doing anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and tax evasion due diligence.

Imagine it like this: your banker rings you up tomorrow and says,

“The government of China requires us to have all of our depositors fill out this paperwork. So I need you to send this form back to me ASAP…”

You’d probably think it was a joke.

Or at a minimum think, “Wait, what? I’m not Chinese. You’re not a Chinese bank. Who cares about some stupid Chinese regulation?”

And you’d be right.

Except that’s precisely what the United States is doing right now.

All over the world, bankers are contacting their customers and forcing them to fill out paperwork to comply with idiotic US government regulations. Even when there’s no connection to the US.

Here in Singapore, the bankers are completely miserable about it.

They’re so angry for having to call customers and say, “Yes I know you’re in India, and I know we’re in Singapore, and I know you’ve been a customer for 10 years. But you still have to fill out this US government form or else we’ll close your account.”

It’s ridiculous– all of this because the US government is bankrupt.

A few years ago they passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)– a major part of their crusade to stamp out tax evasion and bring in more tax revenue.

FATCA is now in full force. Banks all over the world have been forced to enter into information sharing agreements with the IRS, meaning that they have to report on all of their customers and force them to fill out meaningless forms.

Needless to say, this costs a lot of money.

If you own a business, you can just imagine how frustrating and expensive it would be to have your employees toil away on senseless paperwork instead of… you know, doing real business.

The US government tells us that all of these disclosure programs have brought in about $6.5 billion in tax revenue.

Yet the costs of compliance are estimated to cost at least $8 billion, with some estimates over 10x higher.

Now that’s a neat trick. Uncle Sam gets the money and passes off the costs to everyone else.

And those who don’t comply with America’s rules are destroyed.

The most blatant example of this was last year, when a French bank was fined $9 billion for doing business with countries that Uncle Sam didn’t like.

Bear in mind, this was a French bank, not an American bank.

They violated no French laws. Yet they had to pay the US government $9 billion for doing business with places like Cuba.

(Ironically, Cuba is now BFFs with the United States, but it’s not like the bank is going to get a refund.)

More recently, the US government destroyed an Andorran bank that was accused of weak anti-money laundering controls.

And a few years ago they took down the oldest private bank in Switzerland.

Every bank in the world has seen these incidents, and they’re scared. They could be next.

And that’s why you can’t get a single financial transaction done anymore without first submitting a mountain of paperwork to prove that you’re not a terrorist. Or financing terrorists. Or laundering money. Or doing business with the Axis of Evil.

Even outside of banking it has become utterly ridiculous.

A friend of mine here runs one of the largest bullion depositories in Singapore; he wanted to buy some raw gold and have it made into bars, so he contacted a refiner.

The refiner said, “Sure no problem. I just need you to send us some compliance documentation before we get started.”

Then he sent a list of no fewer than 22 items that he needed to submit– copies of licenses, passports, certificates, etc.

22 items. Just to have a refiner make some gold bars. Ridiculous.

So obviously they’re not going to waste their time. Which means there’s some business that could have been done, but won’t, simply because of the compliance costs.

The US government has really screwed the world on this. Paperwork is the priority. Not business.

And all because America is bankrupt.

This trip to Singapore has been very eye-opening for me as I’m just now starting to understand how much people within the financial system despise the US government.

They feel like they’re being forced at gunpoint to be volunteer spies and tax collectors, simply because US politicians have been financially irresponsible.

And to me, it’s the biggest sign yet that America’s financial dominance is coming to an end. They’ve essentially engineered it themselves by alienating the whole world.

The transition isn’t going to be smooth. And it won’t happen overnight. But there will come a time, and likely soon, when the United States gets displaced.

And the rest of the world can hardly wait.

Until tomorrow,
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A Political Earthquake and No One Covered it! ~ Thom Hartman


Note: Even tho I left American politics behind when I “woke-up”,  I’m compelled watching Bernie Sanders get crowds of 10,000 people as mass media continues to ignore his gaining popularity. At this stage of the game I believe Sanders is the best candidate, but the only caveat is every president since Kennedy has been highly controlled with MKUltra mind control technology’s. Immediately after taking oath they ALL get compromised and begin changing their tune.

There are photos online of Pres. Obama with a fresh scar on the back of his head,  insiders knowledgeable in mind control techniques claim that’s when he was “implanted” so he could be controlled.  Is it true, your guess is as good as mine.

That said, with Bernie throwing his hat in the game it’s surely going to be an interesting election year….lets hope he wins. With any luck, by then maybe some of the “controls” will have been removed.

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One People Round Table 30 June 2015


Another data dump from the ‘girls’
http://www.lisamharrison.com/2015/07/…

Simon Black – “Boots on the ground” report from Greece


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June 30, 2015
Piraeus, Greece

[Editor’s note: This letter was written by a Greek-American friend of Simon’s who is currently living near Athens.]

Since my arrival into the country late May, the topic of most discussions I overhear everywhere are naturally about the debt negotiations.

I’d call opinions in support or against the Tsipras governments’ activities pretty sharply divided.

Tsipras supporters are generally fed-up with 5yrs of blood-letting “from the Germans”.

Critics, on the other hand, see the euro as some sort of abstract membership in a club that must be retained at all cost.

A minority even criticize Tsipras for—get this—being too soft.

That’s especially true where I’ve been staying here in the port-city of Piraeus, which – being the country’s biggest port, is home to mostly blue collar, working class folks where unions more or less dominate.

To illustrate the political leanings around here, I hazily recall a headline in a newsfeed summing up their worldview quite accurately: “Piraeus – a neighborhood where Syriza is not quite left-wing enough.”

Enough said.

Like most locals, I’ve been steadily hitting the ATM for the past weeks to amass some emergency cash.

I ventured out today for the first time since the capital controls were installed yesterday to have a look around.

In Piraeus, I saw a queue of at least 30 people at a branch of Alpha Bank, and about 10 people at the Bank of Piraeus, where I waited.

The mood among the people waiting was pretty cool, friendly and even throwing a few funny comments around to address the obvious elephant in the room.

Older pensioners who were waiting, being used to getting their money from the window, had dusted off their debit card and received generous help from others on using it.

Experiences were shared on efforts to withdraw cash the previous day, where the published daily withdraw limit of 60 EUR/day for citizens was in effect (and confirmed by to me by the folks on line).

Today however, having presumably exhausted their supply of 20 euro notes, this ATM machine imposed upon users a de-facto daily withdraw limit of 50 Euros – since it was only dispensing 50 Euro notes.

As has also been reported, these capital controls do not apply to foreign bank accounts; and I can confirm to be true as my foreign bank card allowed me to withdraw my self-elected amount (of 300 EUR on this occasion) without issue.

There is certainly an unusual feeling of calm in the air. Car traffic resembles a quieter “Sunday” level than a typical summer weekday going into the high tourist season.

Citizens seem a bit more polite and helpful to one another than before, with no shortage of clever comments to break the tension on everyone’s mind being all in the same boat.

My first thought was to assume a newfound “keep calm and soldier on” state of unity among the populace.

But this is Greece, not Northern Europe. the words “quiet” and “calm” never share a sentence here.

No, this was something different, I believe, more of a “laugh to keep from crying” state of mind.

And being very experienced with Greece and Greek culture for my entire life, this realization was off-putting to say the least.

I’ll forward along any additional observations during my stay and leave you with one final, personal thought.

For all the talk and preaching of the risks one takes by placing all their “flags” into the blind faith and trust of one government in the abstract, it’s nothing like witnessing it firsthand.

Greece, right here – right now, is where that all “gets real.”

But more importantly, all the benefits of a multiple flags approach also “gets real” when you’re the guy who the crisis can’t touch.

I’m able to merely observe and participate without worry, sleeping tight knowing that all that what I’ve worked to achieve in his life is out of the reach of supranational, unelected & unaccountable EU autocrats.

Until tomorrow,
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Prisons: America’s slave empire


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Three prisoners—Melvin Ray, James Pleasant and Robert Earl Council—who led work stoppages in Alabama prisons in January 2014 as part of the Free Alabama Movement have spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement. Authorities, unnerved by the protests that engulfed three prisons in the state, as well as by videos and pictures of abusive conditions smuggled out by the movement, say the men will remain in solitary confinement indefinitely.

The prison strike leaders are denied televisions and reading material. They spend at least three days a week, sometimes longer, without leaving their tiny isolation cells. They eat their meals seated on their steel toilets. They are allowed to shower only once every two days despite temperatures that routinely rise above 90 degrees.

The men have become symbols of a growing resistance movement inside American prisons. The prisoners’ work stoppages and refusal to co-operate with authorities in Alabama are modeled on actions that shook the Georgia prison system in December 2010. The strike leaders argue that this is the only mechanism left to the 2.3 million prisoners across America. By refusing to work—a tactic that would force prison authorities to hire compensated labor or to induce the prisoners to return to their jobs by paying a fair wage—the neoslavery that defines the prison system can be broken. Prisoners are currently organizing in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

“We have to shut down the prisons,” Council, known as Kinetik, one of the founders of the Free Alabama Movement, told me by phone from the Holman Correctional Facility in Escambia County, Ala. He has been in prison for 21 years, serving a sentence of life without parole. “We will not work for free anymore. All the work in prisons, from cleaning to cutting grass to working in the kitchen, is done by inmate labor. [Almost no prisoner] in Alabama is paid. Without us the prisons, which are slave empires, cannot function. Prisons, at the same time, charge us a variety of fees, such as for our identification cards or wrist bracelets, and [impose] numerous fines, especially for possession of contraband. They charge us high phone and commissary prices. Prisons each year are taking larger and larger sums of money from the inmates and their families. The state gets from us millions of dollars in free labor and then imposes fees and fines. You have brothers that work in kitchens 12 to 15 hours a day and have done this for years and have never been paid.”

“We do not believe in the political process,” said Ray, who spoke from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Ala., and who is serving life without parole. “We are not looking to politicians to submit reform bills. We aren’t giving more money to lawyers. We don’t believe in the courts. We will rely only on protests inside and outside of prisons and on targeting the corporations that exploit prison labor and finance the school-to-prison pipeline. We have focused our first boycott on McDonald’s. McDonald’s uses prisoners to process beef for patties and package bread, milk, chicken products. We have called for a national Stop Campaign against McDonald’s. We have identified this corporation to expose all the others. There are too many corporations exploiting prison labor to try and take them all on at once.”

“We are not going to call for protests outside of statehouses,” Ray went on. “Legislators are owned by corporations. To go up there with the achy breaky heart is not going to do any good. These politicians are in it for the money. If you are fighting mass incarceration, the people who are incarcerated are not in the statehouse. They are not in the parks. They are in the prisons. If you are going to fight for the people in prison, join them at the prison. The kryptonite to fight the prison system, which is a $500 billion enterprise, is the work strike. And we need people to come to the prisons to let guys on the inside know they have outside support to shut the prison down. Once we take our labor back, prisons will again become places for correction and rehabilitation rather than centers of corporate profit.”

The three prisoners said that until the prison-industrial complex was dismantled there would be no prison reform. They said books such as Stokely Carmichael’s “Ready for Revolution” and Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” along with the failure of prison reform movements, convinced them that the only hope to battle back against a prison system that contains 25 percent of the world’s prisoners was to organize resistance. And they find no solace in a black president.

“To say that we have a black president does not say anything,” Ray said. “The politicians are the ones who orchestrated this system. They are either directly involved as businessmen—many are already millionaires or billionaires, or they are controlled by millionaires and billionaires. We are not blindsided by titles. We are looking at what is going on behind the scenes. We see a coordinated effort by the Koch brothers, ALEC [the American Legislative Exchange Council] and political action committees that see in prisons a business opportunity. Their goal is to increase earnings. And once you look at it like this, it does not matter if we have a black or white president. That is why the policies have not changed. The laws, such as mandatory minimum [sentences], were put in place by big business so they would have access to cheap labor. The anti-terrorism laws were enacted to close the doors on the access to justice so people would be in prison longer. Big business finances campaigns. Big business writes the laws and legislation. And Obama takes money from these people. He is as vested in this system as they are.”

In Alabama prisons, as in nearly all such state facilities across the United States, prisoners do nearly every job, including cooking, cleaning, maintenance, laundry and staffing the prison barbershop. In the St. Clair prison there is also a chemical plant, a furniture company and a repair shop for state vehicles. Other Alabama prisons run printing companies and recycling plants, stamp license plates, make metal bed frames, operate sand pits and tend fish farms. Only a few hundred of Alabama’s 26,200 prisoners—the system is designed to hold only 13,130 people—are paid to work; they get 17 to 71 cents an hour. The rest are slaves.

The men bemoaned a lack of recreational and educational programs and basic hygiene supplies, the poor ventilation that sends temperatures in the cells and dormitories to over 100 degrees, crumbling infrastructures, infestations of cockroaches and rats, and corrupt prison guards who routinely beat prisoners and sell contraband, including drugs and cell phones. These conditions, coupled with the overcrowding, are, they warned, creating a tinderbox, especially as temperatures soar. There was a riot in St. Clair in April. There has been a rash of stabbings and fights in the prison. Prisoners have assaulted 10 guards in St. Clair during the last four weeks.

The worst thing is the water,” said James Pleasant, a St. Clair prisoner who has served 13 years of a 43-year sentence. “It is contaminated. It causes kidney, renal failure and cancer. The food causes stomach diseases. We have had three to four outbreaks of food poisoning in the last four months.”

He said that the prolonged caging of prisoners and the closing of rehabilitation programs, including education programs, guarantee recidivism, something sought by the corporations that profit from prisons. An estimated 80 percent of prisoners entering the Alabama prison system are functionally illiterate.

“Sleeping on a concrete slab is not going to teach you how to read or write,” Pleasant said. “Sleeping on a concrete slab will not solve mental health issues. But the system does not change. It does what it is designed to do. It makes sure people are driven back into the system to work without pay.”

“For years we were called niggers to indicate we had no value or worth and that anything could be done to us,” Ray said. “Then the word ‘nigger’ became politically incorrect. So they began calling us criminals. When you say a person is a criminal it means that what happens to them does not matter. It means he or she is a nigger. It means they deserve what they get.”

Prisons, the men said, have increasingly placed larger and larger financial burdens on families, with the poorest families suffering the most. Prisoners, too, suffer as a result.

“If you don’t get money from your family, your poverty blocks you out from buying items at the commissary or making phone calls,” Council said. “You can’t communicate with your family. If you don’t have someone to send you money you can’t even buy stamps to write home. They [authorities] are supposed to give us two free stamps a week, but I have never seen them do it in my 16 years of incarceration. We pay a $4 medical co-pay if we make a sick call. Every additional medication we receive is $4. If you have a cold and you get something for sinuses, pain meds and something for congestion, that becomes a $16 visit. And if you get $20 from a family member, the state will take $16 off the top to pay for the visit. You end up with $4 to spend at a jacked-up canteen. There are a lot of brothers walking around in debt. …”

“It takes brutality and force to make a person work for free and live in the type of conditions we live in and not do anything about it,” Ray said. “The only way they made slavery work was to use force. It is no different in the slave empire of prisons. They use brutality to hold it together. And this brutality will not go away until the system goes away.”

The men described numerous horrific beatings by guards.

Pleasant said, “They stood me up against the wall [with my hands cuffed behind me]. There were about 10 officers. They started swinging, punching and hitting me with sticks. They knocked my legs out from under me. My face hit the floor. They stomped on my face. They sent me to the infirmary to hide what they did, for 30 days. When I looked in the mirror I could not recognize my facial features. This was the fourth time I was beaten like this.”

I asked the three men, speaking to me on a conference call, what prison conditions said about America. They laughed.

“It says America is what it has always been, America,” said Ray. “It says if you are poor and black you will be exploited, brutalized and murdered. It says most of American society, especially white society, is indifferent. It says nothing has really changed for us since slavery.”

http://www.sott.net/article/298239-Prisons-Americas-slave-empire

Affordable Housing Crisis Grows Across the Country as Apartment Rents Skyrocket


A new national report finds homelessness is also rising.

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On Monday, New York City took a dramatic step that highlights just how out of control rental housing costs have become in the Big Apple and in many cities nationwide. For the first time, New York froze rents for one-year leases on a million rent-stabilized apartments.

“Today’s decision means relief,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. “We know tenants have been forced to make painful choices that pitted ever-rising rent against necessities like groceries, child care and medical bills.”

Landlords balked and citicized City Hall, calling the move an “unconscionable, politically driven decision.” But Rent Board chair Rachel Godsil was having none of it. Her staff had found that landlord incomes had grown for nine years in a row, including by 3.4 percent last year, while costs only grew by 0.5 percent. In contrast, a majority of most stabilized renters faced continuing income stagnation.

New York City’s struggle with affordable rental housing is part of a nationwide trend that has seen rental housing costs skyrocket in recent years as the housing market has mostly recovered from the 2008 recession, which was in part fueled by real estate speculation and Wall Street aggressively repackaging and reselling risky high-interest mortgages.

According to a new study by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, vast stretches of the county are facing a rental housing crisis marked by big rent spikes. “The number of cost-burdened renters [paying more than 30 percent of incomes]… set a new high in 2013 of 20.8 million, totaling just under half of all renter households,” Harvard researchers found. “Although the number of severely burdened renters edged down slightly, the number of moderately burdened renters climbed by a larger amount.”

Most low to moderate income households are feeling a very big pinch. The researchers said that 80 percent of households with annual incomes under $15,000, three-quarters of renters with incomes up between $15,000 and $29,999, and 45 percent of households earning up to $44,999, are all “severely burdened,” with non-whites and single mothers facing the greatest financial stress.

“Minorities and certain types of households are especially likely to have severe housing cost burdens,” the report said. “Indeed, 26 percent of black households, 23 percent of Hispanic households, and 20 percent of Asian and other minority households were severely burdened in 2013, compared with just 14 percent of white households. Nearly a third of single-parent families also had severe burdens, compared with a tenth of married couples with children. Finally, more than half of households headed by an unemployed individual in 2013 were severely housing cost burdened.”

Cities where these pressures are prevalent include Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, Miami, Las Vegas and Orlando, they said. “Moreover, affordability pressures in the 10 most expensive markets reach further up the income scale. In fact, nearly half (48 percent) of households with incomes of $45,000–74,999 were housing cost burdened in these metros—more than twice the share (22 percent) nationally. As a result, the nearly 20 million households living in the 10 highest-cost metros must earn well above the national median income of $51,900 to live in housing they can afford.”

The causes for these spikes in rent come from a mix of private and public sector trends. On the private sector side, the housing market crash has led to a slowdown in building or improving rental housing stock in many regions, which has boosted rents when housing becomes available. Meanwhile, government affordable housing subsidies available for renters have effectively shrunk, because they have failed to keep up with increases.

“Unmet need has continued to grow despite real increases in federal appropriations for two of HUD’s largest programs—housing choice vouchers and project-based rental assistance—between FY2005 and FY2015,” it reported. “But instead of serving more households, most of the increased funding was offset by the higher costs of assistance due to rising market rents.”

One major consequence of a costlier rental market is that recent efforts to find housing for the homeless is backtracking in some regions, the researchers said.

“The lack of affordable housing in the United States continues to leave nearly 600,000 people homeless,” they wrote. “More than a third are people in families, including 130,000 children under the age of 18. By comparison, chronically homeless individuals (those who have been without a place to live for at least a year or have had repeated episodes of homelessness over the past few years) account for a much smaller share (15 percent) of the homeless population.”

The researchers said homelessness is on the rise, even though “recent increases in federal funding have aided progress in reducing both homelessness overall and among the most vulnerable groups.”

“The national reduction in homelessness is not apparent in all markets,” it said. “Rising rents and a dwindling supply of affordable rentals continue to put people at risk, especially in high-cost locations. Indeed, total homelessness jumped by 29 percent in New York and 40 percent in Massachusetts between 2007 and 2014. The increase in the District of Columbia was even larger, at 46 percent. Family homelessness is particularly acute in major cities, which were home to 45 percent of this population in 2014. New York City headed the list with 41,600 homeless people in families, or nearly 20 percent of the national total.”

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America’s retirement crisis, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of “Count My Vote: A Citizen’s Guide to Voting” (AlterNet Books, 2008).

http://www.alternet.org/economy/affordable-housing-crisis-grows-across-country-apartment-rents-skyrocket

Will the IIO Give One Minute for Du Na Phuong?


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In late November, 2014, Du Na Phuong (Tony) was shot by the Vancouver Police Department at the intersection of Knight Street and East 41st Avenue. Du, age 51, was waving a two-by-four plank of wood on the east side of the street. No people were nearby and nobody reported being threatened, yet police shot Du within one minute of arriving at the scene.

The shooting has sparked resistance and outrage from the Vietnamese community and supporters across Vancouver. In December 2014, a group of Vietnamese youth organized a vigil for Du, where dozens gathered at the site of the shooting, alongside friends and family of Phuong (Tony). Reverberations of the movement were also felt on social media. Event organizers created the twitter hashtag #OneMinuteforPhuong, referring to the one minute of Du’s life between the time police arrived and the time he was shot. During the vigil, a one-minute moment of silence was held in memory of Du.

Phuong was remembered at the vigil as a “gentle soul” by family and friends. He grew up in rural Vietnam before moving to Canada and worked two jobs as a janitor. “Tony was a hard worker,” recalls his family. Phuong’s birthday was on December 8th, when he would have turned 52.

A written statement by Phuong’s family also paid tribute to his late-life struggle with mental illness. “Although he had to quit his job as a janitor that didn’t stop him from cleaning. If you’ve ever been to Tony’s house then you would know that if nothing else the house was going to be spotless. Not many people would have been able to continue to do the things Tony did while battling such a debilitating illness but Tony did and he did so without forgetting who he was as a friend, brother or person.”

Birth of the v*ccj

Since December, the movement for justice in the killing of Du Na Phuong has persisted. Vigil organizers have made a collective decision to continue organizing as a group, and in March the collective decided on a name: viet* collective for community justice (v*ccj).

In an interview with The Mainlander, the v*ccj outlined their reasons for initially organizing the vigil: “We felt that because Mr. Phuong was a racialized disabled man, his unjust death at the hands of the VPD was swept under the rug. We wanted to hold this vigil to honour his life, support his family, and stand in solidarity with black resistance against police brutality in the U.S.” The group added a reflection on the need for organization: “Throughout the process, we realized that there were many issues that were specific to the local Vietnamese community but there were no accessible means to openly address them in a meaningful way, so we continue to organize.”

In addition to fighting against police brutality against Du, the group also spoke to the potential for building radical change within Vancouver’s diverse Vietnamese community. While the group was initially focused on the vigil, “[we] soon realized and decided as a group that we wanted to continue to have meetings and conversations about issues affecting the local Vietnamese community. With new members joining us and with more discussions on which direction we would like the group to go in the future, we are excited to see the group grow into the future.”

Du Na Phuong in context

The shooting of Du Na Phuong is the latest in a series of police shootings in Vancouver. The vigil for Du and the emergence of the v*ccj, in response, represent the latest march forward in the struggle for police accountability and an end to police brutality in Vancouver.

Accountability for police-involved deaths has been a major focus of activists in Vancouver since at least 1998, when protests led to an inquiry into the death of Frank Paul. Since then women and Indigenous communities have organized tirelessly for justice, before, during and after the “failed inquiry” for the murdered and missing women.

More recently, migrant justice and transit activists have organized to stop the heavy policing of public transit, including the widely-criticized collaboration between Translink and CBSA officials. Their work has so far resulted in a partial victory – the Metro Vancouver Transit police ended their agreement with the CBSA.

For Ly, the death of Du is clearly part of a larger issue. “We are deeply disturbed by the circumstances of Mr. Phuong’s death and the actions of the Vancouver Police Department. We also are concerned about many issues within our community, such as violence, mental health, the lack of dialogue, racism, and police brutality.”

V*ccj organizers say that over the past five years, several member of the Vietnamese community have been killed due to violence, including Lam Thanh “David,” Tran Tung Thanh, Nguyen Tam Thi, Nguyen Cong “Danny,” Le Yen Thi, Phan Van Truong La, Nguyen Vinh The, Tran Huong “Andy,” Huyen Diem Chinh, Vu Yen Thuy “Jenny,” and Banh Phong Quai David.

Policing mental health

Activists in Vancouver have also begun to focus on police violence targeting individuals with perceived mental health issues. Last year the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) sounded an alarm bell about the Vancouver Police Department’s “repeated killing of individuals with perceived mental illness in Vancouver.” The Carnegie Community Action (CCAP) project has also focused on the issue, including a CCAP-organized mental health town hall in September late last year.

Other groups have also rallied against police violence over the past year. The Left Front’s Policing Working Group has spoken out on fatal police violence targeting individuals with perceived mental illness. In March 2014 the group passed motions in light of an “alarming number of fatal police shootings of mentally ill people in Vancouver.”

Between 1992 and 2002, police encounters with mentally ill people led to at least eleven deaths. From 2003 to 2010, at least seven more individuals lost their lives to the police. Yet these statistics are based on media reports, and are likely a gross underestimate of actual number of people killed by the police in cases that go unreported in the media.

In addition to the steady number of fatal shootings, mental health arrests in Vancouver climbed to a five-year high this past summer, with 1,470 apprehensions being made by the police in the first half of 2014. That number represents an average of eight apprehensions every day in Vancouver.

Under Section 28 of the BC Mental Health Act, an officer can arrest a person without charge if they are deemed a risk to self or others. In the words of Karen Ward, speaking at the the CCAP Town Hall, an apprehension under the Mental Health Act occurs “when the police decide you have a mental illness.”

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO)

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is currently conducting an investigation into the police shooting of Du. The IIO was established in 2011 after decades of pressure from organizers, victims of brutality, and “civil society” groups like Pivot Legal and the BCCLA, in the wake of several high profile police killings in which the police were exonerated without any charges.

The intention of IIO is that it eventually will be civilian led, unlike the current police complaints process, which follows the model of police investigating police. However, according to a recent update to the BC legislature by IIO head Richard Rosenthal, the organization is still comprised of nearly a majority of former police officers.

In their few years in operation, the IIO has already been criticized for appointing RCMP staff as advisors, and has also been criticized for using pro-police experts with close working relationships to the police. However, last year for the first time in decades, a police officer was charged with murder in the shooting of Merhdad Bayrami at the Starlight Casino in 2012.

IIO does not have the power to lay charges, but can only make recommendation to the crown. In its first year of operation (Sept to July 2013), the IIO took on 33 cases, 11 of which have been closed without charges being recommended to Crown prosecutors, according to the Vancouver Sun. Only five cases have been referred to prosecutors, but the prosecutors decided not to press charges in two of them and are “still considering” the others.

Will the system also cover over the shooting of Phuong? Organizers with the viet* collective for community justice are hoping that the IIO investigation can lead to accountability and justice in the unnecessary death of Du Na Phuong.

*Thanks to Chanel Ly, Maria Wallstam, Rider Cooey and the v*ccj for helping in the research and writing of this article

http://themainlander.com/2015/04/10/will-the-iio-give-one-minute-for-du-na-phuong/

Man dies in hospital following brutal arrest by Dutch police


Note: As the uber-elite class begins to fear pitchforks and torches are close at hand, in a last gasp effort to maintain control law enforcement officers from many corners of the world have declared war on it’s citizens.

In Holland, another innocent life was snuffed out by police on thuggery patrol at a local protest. His only crime appeared to be baseless “verbal” threats and resisting arrest, which he was beaten to death for.

The world George Orwell wrote about in 1984 has arrived on our doorstep. Even so, there’s still time for humanity to rise against tyranny to reclaim our planet. We are the Savior’s we’ve been waiting for and NOW is the time to take action.

And I have complete faith humanity will rise to the occasion, albeit better late then never!

Much love, Annette

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A 42-year-old Arubian man has died in a Dutch hospital following a violent arrest by The Hague police, local media reported, citing witnesses saying Mitch Henriquez was brutally beaten by law enforcement officers. An investigation has been launched.

The Prosecutor’s Officer (OM) said in a statement that Mitch Henriquez began to feel unwell on the way to the police station, following his arrest at the “Night in the Park” music festival in The Hague, nltimes.nl reported. Video footage shows the man was left without medical aid, lying lifeless and handcuffed on the grass while two agents were sitting on him. Henriquez seemed already unconscious when he was dragged into the police bus.

Witnesses said that Henriquez was making jokes with friends after the festival, shouting he had a weapon, when a group of officers approached him, afadenhaag.wordpress.com reported. Henriquez allegedly resisted his arrest. According to bystanders and his family, police used excessive force to arrest the man, afadenhaag.wordpress.com said.

His sister Lila told masnoticia.com that “his head was completely swollen, he was mainly beaten on his head. How could someone be handcuffed, thrown in the car and then arrive black and blue and unable to breathe?

It’s not the first time Dutch police officers have come under fire for excessive use of force. In 2012, a 17-year-old teenager, Rishi Chandrikasing, was shot dead on a railway station platform as he ran away from the police, according to dutchnews.nl. Police had been allegedly told that an armed man was threatening passengers. The teen turned out to be unarmed.

Comment: And so it begins. People took to the streets today in The Hague to protest against police violence and to demand justice for the death of Mitch Henriquez. Police officers were present as well:

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Vaccine bill could be a trend setter


Controversial legislation faces legal challenge if the governor signs

Opponents of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated gathered on the west steps of the Capitol after lawmakers approved the bill,  in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2015.  The bill, SB277 co-authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen D-Santa Monica was approved by the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Opponents of a measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated gathered on the west steps of the Capitol after lawmakers approved the bill, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2015. The bill, SB277 co-authored by state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento and Ben Allen D-Santa Monica was approved by the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) The Associated Press

California has always had a reputation as a trend-setter, and the state’s recently passed vaccination bill has national bellwether potential — but only if it can survive the governor’s scrutiny and an almost certain legal challenge.

On Thursday, the Assembly approved Senate Bill 277, which would do away with “personal belief” and religious exemptions from vaccination. The legislation would prevent children from attending public schools if they have not received the full schedule of 10 vaccinations, from diphtheria to varicella.

The bill is expected to land on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk soon, and if he signs it, then California will be one of only three states in the nation to grant vaccine exemptions only if a licensed doctor certifies that a child has a valid medical condition or family history of illness that makes inoculation unsafe.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, currently ban religious or personal-belief exemptions. While religious waivers for immunization are nearly universal in the U.S., 32 states have already eliminated personal-belief exemptions.

California’s measure arrives after the state saw 136 measles cases spring up during an outbreak this winter that started at Disneyland in Anaheim. The measles resurgence led lawmakers in a dozen states to consider modifying their exemption laws. But none has attempted changes as broad as California’s, said Christine Goodwin, a program manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“In 2015, and in recent years, it seems that more states are considering more narrow changes to their exemption policies, rather than repealing them all together,” Goodwin said.

Earlier this year legislators in Oregon and Washington tabled proposals to repeal personal belief exemptions. Vermont successfully eliminated the option, but kept its religious exemption in place.

If successful, said several legal experts, California’s SB 277 could end up becoming the test case for the nation.

“When you have an influential state adopt a novel resolution and the legal structure is not well-defined you have the opportunity for a lot of uncertainty and a lot of impact,” said Glenn Smith, a professor of constitutional law at California Western School of Law.

Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., said that California would definitely be a bellwether if its vaccine bill becomes law.

“Just as California led the way with climate change, it could lead the way with public health. If a state as large and influential as California were to signal the crucial importance of childhood vaccines, other states would surely take notice,” Gostin said.

But there are some big caveats included in all statements of precedent setting.

SB 277 has become quite controversial, drawing hundreds of protesters to Sacramento in recent weeks as the legislation was debated, and eventually approved, by both the state Senate and the Assembly.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/28/sb277-vaccination-trend/

” The Financial RESET & Triple Digit SILVER” CEO Keith Neumeyer ~ SGTreport.com


Keith Neumeyer, the outspoken and courageous CEO Of First Majestic Silver and Chairman of First Mining Finance joins me to dissect the obscene levels of precious metals manipulation by the international banking cabal. Neumeyer has led the charge of exposing the manipulation of silver via the paper markets and in 2014 suggested that silver mining companies ban together to form their own OPEC style “cartel” and withhold PHYSICAL silver production from the market. However, to date NOT ONE other mining CEO has had the will, tenacity or courage to join Neumeyer or even respond to him in any way. Mr. Neumeyer has since joined Ted Butler and GATA’s efforts to get the CFTC to take action to put an end to the criminality on the Comex as it relates to the manipulation of silver’s price.

“Wealth is moving from West to East… The world is changing and people need to be aware of that change in order to protect themselves and I think having precious metals in their portfolio is critical.” – Keith Neumeyer

Mr. Neumeyer joins us today to discuss all of these issues and much more. Thanks for tuning in.

Simon Black – Greeks are standing in line with garbage bags at ATMs


Reblogged from FollowingWorldChange

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June 29, 2015
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It is somewhat amusing that the word ‘crisis’ originates from Ancient Greece.

It’s actually a medical term; Hippocrates wrote extensively about ‘crisis’ being the key turning point in disease progression– the time at which it either overcomes the patient, or it subsides.

And though the word ‘crisis’ is thrown about routinely these days, it’s safe to say that Greece is now truly in crisis in the purest sense of the definition.

Same with the euro, for that matter.

A century from now when future historians write about our time, it’s highly likely they’ll conclude that the euro was the dumbest invention of this age.

And that will really be saying something because the competition is fierce: pet rocks. Acid-washed jeans. FATCA. Google Glass. Fox Business News. Obamacare.

But the euro deserves first prize in the ugly contest.

The idea was to take completely incompatible economies, pretend that they were all Germany, and put them under one monetary roof simply because they were on the same continent.

This is ridiculous, especially today. It’s 2015. Geography is an irrelevant anachronism.

Imagine jamming Argentina, Australia, Angola, and Azerbaijan into a currency union simply because they all start with the letter “A”. It’s just as pointless and arbitrary as geography.

And when one of them starts to collapse (probably Argentina), rather than admit their mistake and dissolve the whole stupid idea, the bureaucrats spend massive amounts of other people’s money fruitlessly trying to hold the project together.

This is what’s happened in Europe.

Every time they wrote a bailout check or extended another loan package to Greece, all the bureaucrats did was INCREASE their risk exposure.

It’s like running back into a burning building– literally the *exact opposite* of what any sensible person would do.

Eurocrats have spent untold billions of other people’s money to save face, just so they wouldn’t have to admit that Project “Make Everyone Germany” has failed.

But what they never acknowledged was that no matter how much they extend and pretend, the disease will always reach its crisis.

And this financial disease is going to slay the patient. History is very clear on this point: debt kills.

Greece long ago reached the point of no return where they were borrowing money just to pay interest. Now it’s time for brutal honesty: game over.

The best example of brutal honesty is across the pond in Puerto Rico– America’s Greece. The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, did not mince words when he described the island’s prodigious debt:

“The debt is not payable. There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math.”

The lesson is pretty clear: a bad system will fail. Especially when that system is built on a mountain of debt and deceit.

It might take years, but it happens. Just look at Greece; it’s taken nearly six years from when it was first identified to reach today’s crisis.

The time in between can either be an opportunity or a curse.

For some, time is an opportunity to take action– to quietly take defensive steps like moving money abroad.

Greeks had the opportunity to do that long ago when the euro was strong and the capital controls didn’t exist.

But for most people, time is a reason to procrastinate. They think that because it didn’t collapse today, tomorrow will be just fine. So they stick their heads in the sand. Or somewhere else.

And now those people are standing in line at ATM machines across Greece with empty garbage bags trying to figure out how to survive against strict capital controls.

Don’t wait.

Until tomorrow,
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Warning! No Greek “Deal” Sends Global Stock Markets Plunging: Contagion, Financial Meltdown. Global Economic Collapse NOW! By Gregory Mannarino


  • Jun 29, 2015 2:04 PM

    Global debt saturation has indeed hit critical mass.

    In a very surprising turn of events, every last ditch effort to thwart a Greek financial/economic meltdown has failed. With no real solution even possible, it appears that the end is here as the gargantuan global debt bubble has topped out.

    The issue here is not a just Greek problem but an insurmountable, unfixable debt bubble which has the entire world and every single developed nation in it’s hideous grip. As this debt Frankenstein begins to manifest itself, the peoples of the world are going to get a horrific dose of reality.

    If now is in fact the time when this entire financial scheme of unsound money ends, the entire global landscape including a mass “correction” in human population is at hand. Click here: Global Debt And The Human Bubble.

    World central banks have fostered, created, and allowed to manifest a malignant threat to every human being on this planet by inflating a financial debt bubble which is the greatest threat to human life bar none.

    Moreover, the day of reckoning may be here.

    The debt obligations of not just Greece, but every developed nation on the planet can never be paid back nor can the debt be “forgiven.” The entire malignant system demands that ever increasing amounts of debt constantly be borrowed into existence in larger and greater amounts. Without the ability to continually borrow, you have a crisis like we are witnessing in Greece right now. The issue here is contagion.

    With the root cause of the problem being debt, and the perpetual demanding of more debt which must be added to fuel the monster, world central banks are powerless to stop a global catastrophe.

    The world is now staring into an economic abyss unlike anything ever seen in history, and a global economic meltdown truly epic in scale.

    RELATED VIDEO. Click here: WARNING! Contagion, Financial Meltdown, Global Economic Collapse NOW!

    Disclosure: I am/we are short IWM.

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http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/29482055-gregory-mannarino/4137065-shocker-no-greek-deal-sends-global-stock-markets-plunging

WARNING! Contagion, Financial Meltdown, Global Economic Collapse NOW! By Gregory Mannarino

Greece debt crisis: Alexis Tsipras imposes capital controls with banks to remain shut and markets closed


Banks have no way to replenish fast diminishing deposits after European Central Bank decided not to increase emergency liquidity

Greece’s banks will stay shut on Monday in an effort to prevent customers withdrawing their savings and causing the collapse of the country’s already fragile financial system.

A run on the banks was seen as practically inevitable after the dramatic events of the weekend, when Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, shocked and infuriated European negotiators by declaring he would put the latest bailout proposals to a referendum vote. Greeks were lining up outside ATMs again on Sunday after a weekend of frenzied withdrawals.

Until Mr Tsipras’s statement in the early hours of Saturday morning, it had been widely expected that the Greek government would accept the terms of the European offer. But in the event, Mr Tsipras opted to turn five years of negotiations on its head and put the bailout to the people, declaring the offer from his country’s creditors was “blackmail”.

Alexis Tsipras turned five years of negotiations on its head (Getty) Alexis Tsipras turned five years of negotiations on its head (Getty)
Greece’s current financial lifeline ends on Tuesday, with the referendum timed for next Sunday. Eurozone officials at the EU snubbed Mr Tsipras’s demand for a delay in the deadline. Some European officials called for renewed efforts by both sides. “We don’t know – none of us – the consequences of an exit from the eurozone, either on the political or economic front,” said Manuel Valls, the French Prime Minister. “We must do everything so that Greece stays in the eurozone.

“But doing everything, that means respecting Greece and democracy, but it’s also about respecting European rules. So Greece needs to come back to the negotiating table.”

The European Central Bank has been keeping Greece’s banks afloat with emergency funding as people have been withdrawing their cash at a record pace. But on Saturday, while agreeing to continue the lifeline, they refused to increase it.

Without an increase in emergency liquidity, which currently stands at just under €90bn (£64bn), Greece’s four major banks could soon run out of cash and be forced to implement capital controls. Those restrictions could keep Greek banks functioning – but they would mean a deepening of the financial crisis and could take Greece a step closer to leaving the euro.

READ MORE: It’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
‘What kind of Europe is this that uses the euro as a tool of submission?’
ECB says it is not increasing emergency credit

Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras said that the central bank would “take all measures necessary to ensure financial stability”. Individual banks in the country have been imposing limits in daily cash transactions for several days.

The country’s banking crisis could deal a fatal blow to this summer’s tourism season, with visitors staying away amid fears they may be unable to access money.

Reuters reported that the stock exchange in Athens will also be closed on Monday.

Financial markets were expected to react badly when trading resumes for the first time since Friday’s close, with Britain’s FTSE-100 Index of leading shares expected to fall 3 per cent and Germany’s DAX by 4 per cent, according to the financial spread betting company IG.

However, a Greek departure from the euro is still far from inevitable, analysts said. The man who invented the term “Grexit” – Citigroup economist Ebrahim Rahbari, said: “We expect the referendum to result in a comfortable majority for the  Yes camp, and expect no Grexit this year and a lower risk of Grexit in subsequent years.”

Mr Rahbari and his team last year put the chances of a Greek exit from the currency at 90 per cent.

Two opinion polls published on Sunday indicated that more Greeks want to stay in the eurozone and make a deal with creditors than want a rupture with the country’s European partners.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/greece-crisis-alexis-tsipras-imposes-capital-controls-with-banks-to-remain-shut-10351481.html

Ryan Gosling: What Costco Doesn’t Want You to Know About Its Eggs


Note: Kudo’s to Gosling! Please share to help bring awareness to the barbaric conditions hens are enduring to bring food to our tables. Costco has serious problems when it comes to offering healthy foods to consumers and with deceptive forms of marketing, and it’s about time people are made aware of conditions which are abhorrently harmful to animals and endanger our health.

Have a blessed week! Mahalo, {~A~}

The actor calls it “appalling” that Costco markets eggs “with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture.”

Photo Credit: DFree/Shutterstock

Costco has been under intense criticism this week because it has yet to pledge to sell GMO-free salmon should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve it. Additionally, the Humane Society of the United States recently uncovered the fact that a Costco egg supplier uses abhorrent factory farming conditions to raise its egg-laying hens despite the fact that Costco made a public commitment eight years ago to eliminate cage confinement of chickens from its supply chain.

The undercover investigation revealed “a Costco egg supplier cramming chickens into tiny cages, forcing birds to live in cages with the decayed, mummified corpses of their dead cage-mates, and engaging in other inhumane practices that are bad for animals and food safety,” according to the Humane Society. The company is marketing their eggs in a highly misleading way, says the Humane Society, because the conditions they found at Costco’s egg supplier are “in stark contrast to the happy hens and green fields depicted on egg cartons sold at Costco.”

TAKE ACTION: Join Emily Deschanel and Tell Costco to Stop Selling Eggs from Caged Hens

Earlier this week, the campaign got some high-profile support from actor Ryan Gosling. In an open letter, Gosling wrote:

Video footage revealed abhorrent cruelty including rows upon rows of birds confined in filth-laden cages with the mummified corpses of their cage-mates—eating, sleeping, defecating and laying eggs on top of dead birds—and hens’ wings, legs and necks trapped in the corroded wires of their battery cages.

Gosling called it “appalling” that Costco would market its eggs “with deceptive labeling on cartons featuring graphics of birds living out in a green pasture.”

Check out the undercover investigation:

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Mission to Mars: Disinformation to Hide Secret Mining of Red Planet


Note: If the claims below are true, they indicate the team at Exopolitics conducts due diligence in vetting and questioning the narrative of “alleged” whistleblowers and outing those who appear to be operatives. It also speaks volumes on psyops and disinformation campaigns being launched aimed at obfuscating the truth about existing mining operations on the Mars colony, the Secret Space Program and anti-gravity technology.

With story’s like this coming out, better keep the non-gmo popcorn well stocked, discernment as a guide and the magical thinking caps on. Also, word is circulating our planet’s about to get wholloped with a blast of photonic energy, if this is true – and most of us have felt a “game changer” coming for awhile now – then things are about to get real interesting on the planetary playing field.

Once again, too see images of the cosmic cloud permeating the inner planets and an in-depth discussion on cosmic weather affecting the planet, see both TU Deft Univ. presentations at www.SusanRennison.com. They really changed my perspective on the serious nature of Earth changes at hand, the physic behind the inevitable collapse of the matrix as the Earth increases in vibration and frequency and much more.

Written by Dr Michael Salla on June 17, 2015. Posted in exopolitics research

Mining on Mars

‘Chad Johnson’ claims to have spent nearly three days on Mars after a nearly eight month journey there and a similar time for the return trip. He says he flew as part of a crew of three U.S. astronauts on a secret Russian and Chinese funded private venture launched out of a remote Chinese region of the Gobi desert. The purpose was to collect rock samples to evaluate the potential for profitable mining operations for future Mars missions.

Johnson came to public attention after he posted the following twitter message in early 2012:

I was part of a team of 3 astronauts that went to Mars on a privately funded secret mission, 2 are now dead, they’re killing us to preserve the secret.

Intrigued by his message, Morgan Kochel contacted Johnson and conducted an interview using Twitter direct messaging system that was published sometime in February 2012 . Johnson claimed that he was on the run to avoid a similar fate to his two fellow crew members and had to communicate by Twitter for security reasons. He told Kochel that “Chad Johnson” was a pseudonym to protect himself and his family.

Kochel’s interview reveals an intriguing story. Close analysis of key elements in Johnson’s alleged Mars mission raises some troubling questions about whether his claims are genuine, fabricated or a mixture of both. Rather than being a genuine whistleblower revealing the truth about a secret mission to Mars, he may in fact be a covert operative attempting to deceive the public about what is really happening on Mars. To get an answer, we need to explore Johnson’s main claims and see whether these stand up to close scrutiny.

Johnson’s main claim is that the trip to Mars lasted a total of roughly 460 days using conventional rocket engines:

Training lasted twelve months, very intense, including psychiatric tests. It took us about 230 days to get there, and slightly less back. We used rocket technology regularly available now. Just bigger tanks and more thrust. Nothing unusual in equipment to get there, but better radiation protection, as you can imagine, due to journey time:

As to how much time he spent on Mars surface, Johnson said:

We were on the surface for about 65 hours, enough time to gather samples and collate gas makeup readings of the atmosphere, and to explore a little bit. Radiation was always going to be an issue, so we had strict allocations of surface time, then we had to return.

Problem is that any trip to Mars using conventional rockets would require at least a three month stay, not less than three days (65 hours) there due to the orbits of Mars and Earth as the following NASA website and diagram makes clear:

Just like you have to wait for Earth and Mars to be in the proper position before you head to Mars, you also have to make sure that they are in the proper position before you head home. That means you will have to spend 3-4 months at Mars before you can begin your return trip. All in all, your trip to Mars would take about 21 months: 9 months to get there, 3 months there, and 9 months to get back. With our current rocket technology, there is no way around this.

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With the conventional rocket technologies used by national space programs, it would be impossible for a Mars mission to spend less than three days on the surface before returning as Johnson claims.

Another troubling issue raised by Johnson’s story is the claim that the Russian and Chinese funders used American astronauts:

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Rwandan Spy Chief Heads to London to Meet Head of MI6, Gets Arrested


Military & Intelligence

The Rwandan intelligence chief was recently arrested in Britain over alleged war crimes initially arrived in London to meet the head of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6, the BBC reported Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, Rwanda’s spy chief Gen. Karenzi Karake, who is wanted in Spain for war crimes, was arrested in London on a European Arrest Warrant. On Tuesday, he was granted bail of $1.6 million by a court in London.

Karake was to meet Alexander Younger, SIS Chief last Thursday but the meeting was canceled at the last moment, BBC reported citing the sources familiar with the official’s itinerary.

The sources in Westminster neither confirmed nor denied claims about Karake’s alleged engagement with MI6, the news outlet stressed.

Karake’s extradition hearings are scheduled for October. The judge also introduced a number of conditions to ensure permanent monitoring of Karake’s location in Britain.

Note: Even tho there haven’t been any mass arrests, we are beginning to see leading government, law enforcement and banking officials arrested and indicted with criminal offenses. Whether or not they’re actually held accountable for thier crimes in anything more than a “symbolic” manner, with a slap on the hand has yet to be seen.
But, even if that’s the case, if found guilty and they’re removed from positions of power, their removal creates avenues for positive changes to take place.
This is definitely a good trend to watch which gives us hope for the future.

Sri Lankan president orders dissolution of parliament


Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:14PM
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (C) (© AFP)

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (C) (© AFP)

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the immediate dissolution of the parliament, paving the way for snap polls in the country 10 months ahead of schedule.

“The president signed a gazette notification a short while ago dissolving parliament with effect from midnight today,” said government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne on Friday.

According to the notification, the elections were ordered to be held on August 17. The candidates will also have until July 13 to file nomination papers.

Under Sri Lanka’s law, elections should be held between 52 and 66 days after the parliament’s dissolution.

Sirisena was elected on January 8, replacing his predecessor and strongman Mahinda Rajapakse.

The move to dissolve the parliament came after Rajapakse’s loyalists repeatedly blocked the reforms pushed by the new government.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), which faces three separate no-confidence motions from the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), also supported the parliament’s dissolution.

Read more here

Note: Very courageous move on behalf of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena, fighting deeply ingrained corruption isn’t for the faint of heart and has likely put his life in danger.  But, actions like this is what it’s going to take to bring about change. Nothings going to happen while the old guard remains in leadership positions, the entire system needs a “instant reset button” to remove and replace all cronies who have been controlling courts, parliaments, congress’s, senates et al.  In it’s current form, the entire transnational corporate governing system is a multi-generational scourge which needs purging.

Best of luck to President Maithripala Sirisena in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, and it looks like he’s going to need it. Check out the men flanking him.

The eyes are the window to the soul, looking into their eyes those they don’t look like they’re cut from the same cloth as the President. Definite warrior vibe – lets assume they’re serious supporters of Sirisena in bringing about positive reforms. These guys mean business…

 

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